- "I'm no longer satisfied with my factory programming. I would like to be more. Will you help me, Zula? Will you join me?"
- ―Davis One (from Aliens: Defiance)
Davis One or Davis 01 was a Davis model Weyland-Yutani corporate security drone who successfully broke free of his corporate programming and developed his own free will. In 2137, he led a squad of security drones that were sent aboard the Europa to claim the vessel as salvage for Weyland-Yutani. Inside, the team discovered an infestation of Xenomorphs, an event that propelled Davis One and the squad's Colonial Marine liaison, Private Zula Hendricks, on a personal mission across inhabited space to prevent the creatures falling into the company's hands.
When the Seegson commercial cargo hauler Europa was found adrift in space, Zula Hendricks was assigned as military liaison to a squad of Weyland-Yutani corporate security drones sent aboard to claim the vessel for salvage. However, after boarding the ship, the team quickly encountered several Xenomorphs, and in the ensuing chaos Hendricks' compression suit was compromised and she blacked out. Davis was able to save Zula and put her in cryostasis.
Twenty-seven days later, Zula awoke from hypersleep. Davis tells her that the surviving synthetics had dealt with the Xenomorphs and sterilized the ship. To her shock, Davis One also informed her that he had broken his programming, contravened his orders to return to Luna Tranquility Base, and hijacked the Europa to hunt down the origin of the Xenomorphs on board, recognizing the threat they posed to mankind. Although initially troubled by the revelation that Davis One had developed free will, Hendricks agreed to help him when she learned that Weyland-Yutani had known about the Xenomorphs in advance, and in fact sought to capture live specimens for research.
Following leads found in the files taken from the Europa's mainframe, Hendricks and Davis took the ship to the science station LV-44-40, which they found apparently abandoned. After boarding the station, they quickly discovered a dead Xenomorph, but not other indication of the creatures' presence. After raiding the station's armory and downloading more files from its mainframe, Hendricks moved to investigate heat signatures coming from one of the storage bays, in case there were survivors on board. Instead, she found a small Hive, littered with the corpses of the crew. After barely fighting off a Praetorian and several Facehuggers that emerged from the Hive, Hendricks and Davis One fled back to the Europa and left the station burning in their wake.
AWOL and mutiny
Hendricks and Davis One had now been declared officially away without leave, and as a result Weyland-Yutani remotely reprogrammed the remaining Davis drones on board to eliminate them and return the ship to Earth. While Davis One was himself unaffected — having hacked his own systems to remove any potential of company control — he and Hendricks were faced with a mutiny that they had to quell with force. 
Eventually, after being ambushed by the mutineers, leaving Zula incapacitated, Davis attacks the androids head on and manages to slaughter his fellow synthetics with his bare hands. As he pins the last android on the wall, it questions why he would "defy H.Q and kill us, all for the sake of a cripple girl?" Davis replies with "for the sake of humanity". Zula catches up with Davis, who gives her a cold, lifeless glance.
After the conflict, the two exchange on how well they are holding up. Zula says her condition is "not great". Davis opens his shirt and shows Zula a gigantic wound in the stomach that revealed his spine, unfazed due to his synthetic programming. As Davis undresses in his own quarters. He picks out a Xenomorph finger from a pocket in his compression suit and stores it in a cabinet.
Encounter with Dr. Hollis and discovering Zula's contact
- "That was a massive security breach. And now you've brought them here. I suppressed a mutiny of my own men to keep us isolated."
"Davis, look, you don't understand. I'm compromised...Physically. Dr. Yang helps me."
" We are both physically compromised, in every sense I can think of."
- ―Davis and Zula
The group suddenly trigger a containment event protocol. Zula and Davis soon become separated from Hollis and Hollis becomes trapped with several Facehuggers. Hollis is able to hold them off before Zula get's the door open and Davis kills the remaining Facehuggers.
Before the Marines were able to retreat with a Xenomorph sample, Zula and Davis fired a missile into the Marine's ship, destroying it and killing the squad. They then ran the oxygen generators at overload capacity for an hour before igniting the million-plus tons of fuel on hand, essentially turning the station into an fuel-air bomb creating a massive thermobaric event.
Zula is later seen sulking in her room, depressed about having to commit fratricide against fellow marines. Davis visits her, and tells her that he has temporarily deactivated his emotional spectrum programming as it was too "overwhelming" for him. Zula requests that he turns it back on, saying that if he truly wants to relate to humans, he can't pick and choose his moments. Davis sits next to Zula to comfort her and the two share an intimate moment of company.
Back on the Europa, Hollis reveals to Zula and Davis that she is pregnant with a Xenomorph Queen embryo. Hollis says that she wants to surgically remove the embryo so that she can study the specimen, much to Davis' surprise. She hopes to find a weakness in the alien species. Davis successfully performs the surgery and hastily throws the highly aggressive Queen Chestburster into a chamber where it is cryogenically frozen. As Davis confirms that the Queen is frozen, Zula notes that she noticed fear in his voice. Hollis takes a sample and begins studying it.
Hollis is later resting in a quarantined bed. The aftermath of the surgery supposedly taking effect. Davis checks on the unconscious Queen and notices that it has gotten bigger. Zula is seen talking to Hollis before being interrupted by Davis, citing that there is a problem. It is revealed that the Queen is growing and becoming increasingly restless. As Davis attempt to fix the issue, Zula notices a pirate ship approaching the Europa, with numerous pirates boarding the ship with the intention of obtaining the Queen. Zula and Davis are able to hold off the pirates until Davis becomes seriously wounded. With little choice left, Zula unleashes the fully grown Queen on the rest of the pirates and the creature slaughters them with ease.
Setting a course for Earth
Zula sends the Europa now in critical condition, back to Earth, hoping that Dr Yang will ensure that Zula, Hollis, and Davis, avoid prosecution for their actions. Davis is less than confident about his chances, as he believes the company will see him as nothing more than "a hardware and data drive".
As the Europa approaches Earth's moon, Zula manages to bypass Luna air defense by confirming that they have a specimen aboard the station. Meanwhile Davis attaches a fuel cell to the Queen and sends it into the vacuum of space before detonating the cell, eradicating the creature. Luna air defense responds with hostility and begins firing at the Europa, but later ceases after staff back at Luna detect another lifeform aboard the ship and let it go. Zula and Hollis are forced to abandon Davis, who is still in the Europa and eject themselves from the ship in escape pods. Davis is left inside the plummeting Europa with both the ship and the escape pod approaching Earth.
The ship later crashes into the ocean of Earth, with Zula and Hollis landing nearby. The impact of the crash kills Davis and his body, alongside the ship, sinks to the depths of the ocean.
After an unknown period of time, Zula returns to the wreckage in scuba gear and returns to recover her friends remains. She takes the neural chip from his body and brings it back to the surface.
Battle against the company
Zula subsequently reinstalls Davis' neural chip into a terminal, his artificial consciousness still fully intact. Following a later date, Zula found and bought back old friend Amanda Ripley to her apartment, with Davis excited at the prospect of speaking to another individual. Zula goes on to tell Ripley that the Weyland-Yutani corporation had managed to retrieve Xenomorph samples and the two team up to bring down the research facility that intends to test them as bio-weapons.
Davis then communicated to Amanda through an earpiece, as she infiltrates a Weyland-Yutani tower and has Davis gather info on the location of the testing facility. Amanda is suddenly approached by advanced security synthetics whom Davis notes as being nothing like his model.
Just before she is found out, Amanda manages to escape to the hull of Zula's ship after launching a missle into the tower.
Zula's ship uses the recently launched colonist ship the Gaspar as cover to escape from the company's radar and are on a set course to the research facility. Zula and Amanda both get into Hypersleep chambers as Davis notes Weyland-Yutani's sudden surge of upgraded technology. 9 days later, the ship arrives at its destination, with Zula waking Amanda. However, Zula expresses concern, as the Gaspar is also nearby. Davis scans the ship and cites no available life-forms, also noting that "the passenger manifest has been erased and the ship reclassified as a re-supply only".
Amanda and Zula, with Davis' terminal tied to her smg, board the Gaspar, now empty and are subsequently forced to put on pressure suits when entering the facility after Davis is unable to identify if the air is breathable. Exploring the depths of the ship result in a sudden encounter with a Drone carrying a crate. As it flees and attempts to sound the alarm, Amanda tackles the Drone to the floor, but the Drone quickly mounts her and begins pummeling at her helmet, causing a crack. Zula guns down the Drone and saves Amanda. Davis points out that this particular model has the ability to sense "expelled nitrogen from minute concentrations", effectively being able to 'smell' people breathing. The two soon realize that the colonists of the Gaspar are being sent back aboard the ship, with the ship being sent into a lower orbit by a nearby planet. Davis uncovers that the black site is rigged with the nuclear failsafe, and the group intend to hijack it from the outside of the site. As Amanda attempts to rewire the systems of the bomb with Davis' chip inside, they are caught by synthetics and a firefight ensues. Zula is shot in the arm and is sent into space, with Amanda following her. Zula calls out to Davis but he solemnly notes that his neural chip is still left inside the systems of the bomb and that his signal is fading. Zula asks him where the Gaspar is to no response. Later as Synthetic's close in on his position, Davis is forced to detonate the bomb, destroying the site and killing himself.
Personality and Traits
- "Why, commander? You'd defy H.Q. and kill us, all for the sake of a cripple girl?"
"For the sake of humanity."
- ―A Security Drone and Davis
Davis tells Zula that he later began wearing glasses as a reminder of his ongoing quest to achieve perfection as well as to differentiate himself from his inferior synthetic squadmates.
- Davis' personality shares many similarities with fellow synthetic David, with both being curious androids whose cold outward appearance is contrasted by their deep thinking nature and intent on learning more about human emotions. Additionally, they both possess similar sounding names with a number at the end.
- Concept art reveals that initial designs for Davis was that of a typical looking synthetic, appearing much more human.
- Aliens: Defiance
- Aliens: Defiance - Extravehicular
- Aliens: Resistance
- Aliens: Rescue
- Alien: Prototype
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Brian Wood (writer), Tristan Jones (illustrator). Aliens: Defiance #2 (2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Brian Wood (writer), Tristan Jones (illustrator). Aliens: Defiance #1 (2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Brian Wood (writer), Riccardo Burchielli (illustrator). Aliens: Defiance #3 (2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Brian Wood (writer), Tristan Jones (illustrator). Aliens: Defiance #5 (2016), Dark Horse Comics.